Thursday, June 8, 2017

Happy Comey Day!!!

Seth Abramson has developed the most instructive tweet in celebration of #ComeyDay and in re: Obstruction of Justice.  Enjoy.


Oh, and here are Comey's opening remarks, in case you want to read them....

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

If You Listen to Anything This Week...

Listen to this.  She is wonderful.    She deserved her golden buzzer.

No People Status? No Taxes for YOU.

I mean, those who are not people don't have to pay taxes, right?  Dogs, buildings, reams of paper.....
President Trump’s son Eric Trump on Tuesday said Democrats are “not even people” to him after their obstruction of his father’s agenda.
“I’ve never seen hatred like this,” he said on Fox News’s “Hannity” Tuesday night. “To me, they’re not even people. It’s so, so sad. Morality’s just gone, morals have flown out the window and we deserve so much better than this as a country."
Yeah, we deserve a lot better than you, you lunkhead - and your father, your scumbag brother, your twit sister.....
 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Expose This Bitch

Betsy DeVos with her fingers in the Financial Aid kitty....

James Runcie, the former chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid, sent a letter of resignation this week that said he could no longer in good conscience perform his job if he was being asked to serve as a political pawn.
At issue was DeVos’ insistence that he testify in front of the House oversight committee about improper student aid payments this week.
“I have been consistently on record and clear about not testifying at the upcoming hearing on improper payments,” Runcie explained in his resignation letter.
In addition to his unwillingness to testify this week, Runcie also alleged that DeVos’ education department was working to “divert critical resources” from the financial aid office.
I want to smack someone.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Varmint Bloggging - Bunniez!

In the herb garden - there were 6 - now there are 3 - hoping that Mama BunBun didn't just take off on them.  They are really little, can barely walk/hop - we have caught a couple of them and tried to put them back in the nest, but they keep leaving.  Hence the straw---if it's been moved, and they are still there, it means she has not abandoned the nest.



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why? Just Why?


Why haven't we arrested him yet?  Why hasn't his wife divorced him?  Why isn't there some way to get rid of this ass clown?

U.S. President Donald Trump told his Philippine counterpart that Washington has sent two nuclear submarines to waters off the Korean peninsula, the New York Times said, comments likely to raise questions about his handling of sensitive information.
The transcript of the call was first reported by the Intercept.
Trump has said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible because of its nuclear and missile programs and that all options are on the table but that he wants to resolve the crisis diplomatically.
North Korea has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter U.S. aggression.
Trump told Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Washington had “a lot of firepower over there”, according to the New York Times, which quoted a transcript of an April 29 call between the two.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

All You Loofah-Faced Shitgibbons - Beware!

Daylin Leach may be on the move!

State Sen. Daylin Leach, an outspoken liberal who once called President Trump a “fascist, loofah-faced, s-gibbon” is considering challenging Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan next year, potentially setting up a clash of two well-known political figures as Democrats try to capitalize on the left’s anti-Trump fervor.
Leach said he had begun talking to voters and key political figures in both Pennsylvania and Washington, and has commissioned a poll to feel out his chances in the Seventh Congressional District, centered on Delaware County.
While the moderate district leans slightly Republican, Trump lost it last year, giving Democrats hope that they can use the roiling energy on the left against Meehan.

He can still keep his state senator's seat if he loses, so the only thing he has to lose is....money.  Daylin has had a lot of support - especially since the Shitgibbon comment - so here's to hoping he can get financing and not have to lose his proverbial shirt.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Entitle This.


I so wish they would stop calling them "entitlements" - I am sure most people with disabilities who receive SSDI or SNAP feel really "entitled"....  (she said, sarcastically)

Fucking Asshole.

  • Where the entitlement cuts are made: From programs including SNAP (food stamps), CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), and SSDI (Disability Insurance). The budget proposal will also assume that Trump can sign into law the American Health Care Act — the Obamacare repeal and replace bill that passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate. That bill makes substantial cuts to Medicaid.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Unless You Mean the Horse's Ass?

The president may not be a child, but I wouldn't compare him to an animal, either.....that's insulting the animal....

The Trump presidency is the discovery that what you thought was a man in a bear suit is just a bear. Suddenly the fact that he wouldn’t play by the rules makes total sense. It wasn’t that he refused to, that he was playing a long game. It was that he was a wild animal who eats fish and climbs trees, and English words were totally unintelligible to him. In retrospect, you should have suspected that after he just straight-up ate a guy. But at the time everyone cheered. It was good TV. Also, he was your bear.

#NotMyBear  #NotMyPEEOTUS

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The New Teflon Don

Really, everything rolls off this guy's back.

I bet the memo from Comey will, too....

President Trump asked the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, to shut down the federal investigation into Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to a memo Mr. Comey wrote shortly after the meeting.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Mr. Comey, according to the memo.
The documentation of Mr. Trump’s request is the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia. Late Tuesday, Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, demanded that the F.B.I. turn over all “memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings” of discussions between Mr. Trump and Mr. Comey.
Such documents, Mr. Chaffetz wrote, would “raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede” the F.B.I.

Seriously, the shit has been piling higher and deeper for over four months now.   What are TPTB waiting for?

Oh, wait, he IS TPTB.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Even Dumb People Know This...

You cannot fire the man who is investigating you.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

I'm Kinda Impressed....

Bug has turned into a bit of a political animal.

My son is messaging me now about the Trump order about removing the separation between church and state.  That's my son.  Who has AUTISM.  Who should be freaking out about the Medicaid bill. But as an anthro/archaeology major, looks that way first.  

Oh and now he is talking about Trump and Kim Jong Un, Trump wanting to start a war, etc. Of course, he has a personal investment there.  He's 24, prime age for the draft.  I try not to remind him of that.  I mean, I want the ability to cart him off to Canada if I have to.  Or Italy, if Hub ever gets that dual citizenship.....

And before you ask, YES, they take autistic people into the military.  Especially ones who are capable of going to grad school and doing an internship in DC, where he had to get around.  Shit, just using the Metro these days is good training in maneuvers....  but I digress....

I am just thrilled he was reading internet news....who would have thought?



Friday, May 5, 2017

Yes, They Want You to Die.

I mean, think about it.  Less aggravation for them.  Fewer people complaining.

My middle school students and I just finished reading “The Diary of Anne Frank.” When we closed the book, there were some tears shed. I passed around the tissues, and we discussed how we felt. Many of them expressed anger that some people could hold others’ lives so cheaply as the Nazis did Anne and her family. Are House Republicans guilty of a similar crime? They aren’t rounding anyone up to send to death camps, but they’re apparently content to let many of us just die.
 The pundits tell me I have nothing to worry about. The bill won’t pass the Senate, they say. And even if it does, the President would be breaking every campaign promise he ever made, if he signs it.

Yeah, this is the R's idea of a death camp.  No wonder that so many of my gay HiV+ friends are scared to death as well.   And all the seniors who can't afford their meds.   No one wants to be sentenced to death.

Love to all of you.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sic 'Em.

If you didn't know who the freaks were who voted Yes on the AHCA, here you go.

Of these 217 Republicans, more than two dozen sit in districts where Donald Trump won less than 50 percent of the vote. In other words, they’re already representing at-risk seats, and they just made themselves a whole lot more vulnerable. So how do we target these Republicans specifically?  

DISTRICTREPUBLICANDISTRICTREPUBLICAN
AZ-02McSally, MarthaIL-06Roskam, Peter
CA-10Denham, JeffIL-13Davis, Rodney
CA-21Valadao, DavidIL-14Hultgren, Randy
CA-25Knight, SteveKS-03Yoder, Kevin
CA-39Royce, EdMI-11Trott, Dave
CA-45Walters, MimiMN-02Lewis, Jason
CA-48Rohrabacher, DanaMN-03Paulsen, Erik
CA-49Issa, DarrellNE-02Bacon, Don
FL-25Diaz-Balart, MarioNJ-11Frelinghuysen, Rodney
FL-26Curbelo, CarlosTX-07Culberson, John
IA-01Blum, RodTX-32Sessions, Pete
IA-03Young, DavidVA-02Taylor, Scott

Have at it.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 30th Can't Come Soon Enough....

One Nation.  Underwood.   

Netflix announced Monday that season five of creepy political thriller “House of Cards” will drop May 30, which happens to be perfect timing for Washington denizens looking to binge-watch, since both chambers of Congress will be out of session for Memorial Day recess.

Fuck Congress.

Gimme Frank.




Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Who Knew?

David Frum knew....

Last week, in an interview with Reuters, Trump reflected on his first 100 days by admitting the job was harder than he imagined. “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” he said. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” Trump’s admission shows how little he knew about the office before taking on its tremendous responsibilities. This statement provoked the ire of David Frum, former George W. Bush speechwriter and senior editor of The Atlantic. Frum has been a target of scorn in the Republican Party for putting country above party and openly criticizing the president. 
Frum unleashed a tweetstorm on Friday, mocking Trump’s naiveté and showing the threat it poses to both America and the globe. 

There are many, many tweets, most of which are excellent.  Here's a sample - then, go have a look....


Monday, May 1, 2017

Dumb Fcuk in Chief

I can't even.

"People don't realize, you know, the Civil War, if you think about it, why? People don't ask that question, but why was there the Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"  
The comments were made after a lengthy discussion about former President Andrew Jackson, who Trump compared himself to because of Jackson's populist views and campaigning. 
"I mean, had Andrew Jackson been a little later, you wouldn't have had the Civil War," Trump said regarding the slave-owning president. "He was a very tough person, but he had a big heart. He was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War. He said there's no reason for this." 
SNL ought to be good again this week.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

No, I Didn't Go to Harrisburg...

Had a rehearsal.  It's end of concert season, last weeks of the semester, and my editing work has been piling up.   Bug is getting sick of grad school and he may end up there for three years instead of two.   This is not good for the student loans, but may be better for his sanity...

I think I have become desensitized to Trump.  That may be better for *my sanity  It's not good for the overall.  I have seen many good blog posts and can' seem to even bring myself to post one.  Will get back into it.

In the meantime.....Billions is an awesome show.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

He's Only Been Dead, What, 10 Years?

Pavarotti, that is.  Trump said they're BFFs.  Like, Now.

The look on the Italian prime minister's face is priceless.

Here's the whole video.   But for the comment, the WaPo's video is on the link above.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Later, Pig.

Who cares who replaces him?  Anyone is better than this scumbag.

The Murdochs have decided Bill O’Reilly’s 21-year run at Fox News will come to an end. According to sources briefed on the discussions, network executives are preparing to announce O’Reilly’s departure before he returns from an Italian vacation on April 24. Now the big questions are how the exit will look and who will replace him.

Here's the letter.....


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ether Bunny

So the First Dimwit has screwed the American children now.....

For 138 years, the annual Easter Egg Roll has been the biggest single public event held at the White House, attracting over 35,000 Washington-area schoolchildren, military families, and Congressional guests to celebrate Easter.
Not this year. When the Trump’s  host the high-profile event April 17th, it will be significantly scaled down as a result of a failure to do the necessary advance planning, purchase the wooden eggs given as gifts on time and send out invitations to bring the children and their families to the White House for the celebration. 
“The evidence,” reports The New York Times, “points to a quickly thrown-together affair that people close to the planning said would probably draw about 20,000 people — substantially smaller than last year’s Easter Egg Roll, which drew 37,000 — and be staffed by 200 volunteers, one-fifth of the usual number.”
The person most involved with the Easter Egg Roll typically is the First Lady, which appears to be the problem. Melania Trump, unlike her predecessors, has not moved into the White House or taken as active a role as prior Presidential wives and has been slow to hire her full contingent of staff.

It really doesn't take too much to hire or designate a couple of staff members to take care of this.    Lady, if you hate your job so much, GET OUT.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pink Pink Pink Pink Moon



Because I'm tired of politics.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don Lemon Wins the Internetz

Have you seen this video?  Hysterical....




They did, however, try to convince everyone else that Trump’s weekly vacations are just how he chooses build relationships with other world leaders.
“He can’t do that in D.C., Camp David?” Lemon said, clearly trying to hold back laughter.
Lemon correctly pointed out that Camp David was built for this very purpose, but Ferguson claimed that Florida is a better spot for such meetings because it has warmer temperatures.
To which Lemon replied, “Your golf clubs don’t work in the cold?”
Things rapidly devolved from there into bursts and fits of laughter.

But -- Wasn't golf started in Scotland?  Then, warm climate arguments don't wash.....

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Waggin the Dogger

So this morning, a friend on my SIL's FB says,

"John Smith was asked to return to active duty with deployment to Iraq. His 3rd middle east deployment. This was 3 weeks ago when he was approached."

(Name changed to protect the soldier....)

So, ok.  Nerve gas from Assad aside, has anyone heard anything in the wind about war?  Because doesn't DT need congressional approval for that?  I am sure he thinks he can probably just sign an executive order.  Oh, wait, no, he knows that isn't the case....




So, he knows.  And he bombed Assad anyway.

What about this?  

....Putin knows full well that a gas attack like this was likely to prompt at least some kind U.S. military response against Assad. So Putin wouldn’t have been behind this unless he wanted the U.S. to take military action in Syria. And the only logical reason for Putin to want that is if he was trying to set up a win for Donald Trump, which could boost his historically low approval rating. It would also allow Trump to paint himself as being willing to go against Russian interests, as an argument against the most serious charges in the worsening Trump-Russia scandal.

Sounds like this has been in the works for a while now.  Shame on them, for killing babies with nerve gas to make the Orange Fuckhead seem pResidential.

Friday, April 7, 2017

This is How He Does It

Had a death in the family, been very distracted this week.

However, the son of my friend Lisa from A Day in Our Shoes was invited to be in one of Laurie Berkner's videos!   Laurie's after our time, but I know she would have been a hit with Bug, too.

So happy for K!  (He's the one in the red shirt.)  This is the coolest thing ever.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Fcuking Fcuk Fcukity Fcuk #Stupidphone

I hate fcuking Samsung.  They roll out the Nougat update for my Verizon S7.  BUGS GALORE.   It totally fcuks up my phone.  Battery dies within three hours from a full charge.  Phone rings and there is no way to answer it.  AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH.

Plus, who is the stupid asshole who made the icons and font so small you can't read them???

It's just so dumb.  And the bright white background makes reading the teeny fcuking font even worse.  Not to mention, with teeny tiny little fcuking icons, women with fingernails can't press the damn things.

I factory reset.  Let's hope it works.

This is NOT an April Fool's joke.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Yer No Bunny Til Some Bunny....


This was the entertainment of the day....Bunnybun was sheltered from the pouring rain under Bug's car at school for at least 7 hours.   I threw him a carrot before we left for dinner,and when we came back, it was gone, but he was still there.  Bug said he's still there now (I'm back at the hotel).

Evidently he is the "parking lot rabbit" and must live somewhere nearby Bug's apartment. On nice days, he hops around the lot avoiding cars. He's fairly large, so he must be pretty good at it.  It's not a huge lot, but there's not a lot of grass or yardage around, so one wonders where he might be living.

And yes, I am aware that Bug's car is holding up the house. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

WTF is Wrong With Bill O'Reilly?

Oh Yeah, he did.
During Fox & Friends, O'Reilly watched a clip of Waters, a black Democrat from California, saying on the House floor that criticism of the president was patriotic.
"We fight against this president and we point out how dangerous he is," Waters said on the floor. "...We're fighting for democracy. We're fighting for America. We're saying to those who say they're patriotic, but they turn a blind eye to the destruction he is about to cause to this country. You are not nearly as patriotic as we are."
O'Reilly was asked for his thoughts on Waters' comments. He instead discussed her appearance.
"I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig," he said, referencing the late soul singer.
While two of the Fox & Friends cohosts joined in on O'Reilly's comments, Ainsley Earnhardt cut in to say she had to defend Waters.
"You can't go after a woman's looks," she said. "I think she's very attractive."
O'Reilly replied, "I didn't say she wasn't attractive... I love James Brown, but it's the same hair."


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Chickens Roosting in the White House SWAT Office

Yes, they're coming for You

Led by the president’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, The White House Office of American Innovation will be an autonomous entity enforcing the president’s will. Described as an internal “SWAT team” of strategic consultants, and staffed with former business executives, the office will cut down democratic rule in favor of top-down authoritarianism.
And the excuse is the same one used to deny equity for minorities, the same one used to dismantle protections for the poor and the same one used to unfairly label and close our public schools – we need to run government like a business. 
But government is not a business. 
The goal of a business is profit for the few. The goal of government is service to the many.
 .  
 All I can say is, Resist.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Antennas are Sixty Bucks at BJs.

Y'all didn't really think Comcrap would let you stream tv without paying more for it, did ya?

Comcast launched a TV streaming service in a few cities back in 2015, and this year, it’s apparently planning a major expansion. According to Reuters, Comcast plans to relaunch its streaming service, currently called Stream, under a new name and make it available everywhere Comcast is offered across the US.
The new service will reportedly be called Xfinity Instant TV, and it sounds fairly similar to what Stream already provides. The report says it could start at $15 per month for major broadcast networks, like ABC and NBC, but it could go up to $40 per month by adding on additional channels, like ESPN.

Xfinity Instant TV would be a competitor to streaming services like Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now, but there’s a really critical detail here: Comcast’s service would only be available to households already paying for Comcast internet service, according to
 Reuters. And if it’s anything like Stream — which, by all means, it appears to be — it likely won’t count against Comcast subscribers’ internet data caps.Stream is currently only available in certain cities within five states — Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Hampshire — so a nationwide launch would be a major expansion. Reuters reports that it could happen in the third quarter of the year.
Data caps?  We don't have those.....

Well, there ya go.  If you were thinking of cutting the cord, this is still a potentially cheaper option (well, until data caps...) than cable.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sorry, Yeah, Ok....

Now that we're done with Trumpdontcare, that he has screwed our relations with Germany, called for patsy Paul Ryan to step down, we get to wait to see if Gorsuch will be The One.  

Gorsuch is the one who was the appellate court judge in the SCOTUS case I observed in January, which I also posted about yesterday.  

Significantly, Judge Neil Gorsuch, currently in confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court's vacant ninth seat, has repeatedly ruled the other way on similar cases.
IDEA's standard of a "free appropriate public education," reads Gorsuch's opinion in one of these cases, also about an autistic child in Colorado, "is not an onerous one." His precedent was directly contradicted by the Supreme Court this week.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn questioned him in light of this new ruling during his hearing, asking:
"Why ... did you want to lower the bar so low? "
Gorsuch responded that he had made a mistake. "I was wrong, Senator, because I was bound by circuit precedent, and I'm sorry."

So, no, we don't want him.  He hates kids with disabilities, and ice road truckers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Younannymouse!

I mean, Unanimous!

The decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District could have far-reaching implications for the 6.5 million students with disabilities in the United States.
The case centered on a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents removed him from public school in fifth grade. He went on to make better progress in a private school. His parents argued that the individualized education plan provided by the public school was inadequate, and they sued to compel the school district to pay his private school tuition.
The Supreme Court today sided with the family, overturning a lower court ruling in the school district's favor.
The federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act guarantees a "free appropriate public education" to all students with disabilities. Today's opinion held that "appropriate" goes further than what the lower courts had held.
"It cannot be right that the IDEA generally contemplates grade-level advancement for children with disabilities who are fully integrated in the regular classroom, but is satisfied with barely more than de minimis progress for children who are not," read the opinion, signed by Chief Justice John Roberts
I was pretty sure the outcome would be good.  Haven't gotten to read the opinion yet, but it has to be good - Roberts was really "on" that day!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Why This Healthcare Bill Should Fail.

Don't want to sound like a broken record, but realize that all school districts bill Medicaid for the services their disabled children receive in school.

If you're at all interested in seeing how much the state school districts would lose if the ability to bill Medicaid would be gone, here's a link with a table of how much each state gets from the Fed, along with how much each district in Pennsylvania gets.  FYI, Pennsyltucky gets the 4th most Federal Medicaid $$ in the nation.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Busted or Done?

So Trumpy-poo is Making Congress Vote?

The move to delay the vote came after House conservatives said there was no deal struck on the bill following a meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House Thursday. According to the NBC News vote count, GOP leaders were still at least eight votes short of winning enough backing for passage.

Either something is up, and they are all lying to us (which would be nothing new), or he is going to set it up so that most of Congress is going to lose their jobs in 2018....

One can dream......


Friday, March 17, 2017

Top o'the Morning To Ya!

Our article is now on the DC NBC website.  If you could take a second and just click on it, so that it gets bumped to the front page, we'd really appreciate it!!!   Thanks muchly!!!




Thursday, March 16, 2017

Who the Hell, is Right....

Really.  Who the FUCK cuts Meals on Wheels from the budget???  I mean, I don't even know any Rethugs who think MOW is a bad, nasty, expensive thing....

Who in the hell zeroes out Meals on Wheels? Who decides that a program that spends $3 million to help volunteers feed the elderly and infirm in their communities is something that the country can no longer afford? Who are the men in the meetings who make this kind of call? What are their names? Trot them out so the country knows who they are. C'mon, David Brooks, find out who they are and explain why National Greatness Conservatism has a problem with starving elderly shut-ins.
The National Endowment For The Arts? The National Endowment For The Humanities? The Corporation For Public Broadcasting?
Who in the hell zeroes out the NEA, or the NEH, or the CPB? Who decides that rural museums, and Ken Burns, and Antiques Roadshow are too elitist for a country full of righteous bumpkins? I'll tell you who does. Newt Gingrich does, that's who, and 23 years ago Newt Gingrich was the superstar of the conservative movement, the intellectual anchor of the modern Right, until, of course, he became a public embarrassment. You know who else does? George Effing Will, just today, that's who. These programs did not become targets last November.

Now, I actually get the NEA.  It's been dead for quite a while.  They haven't given shit to orchestras in years.   And the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets plenty of money from the Soros and Kroc.  

I'm more concerned about the Medicaid BS and the EPA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I Know the Answer to This.

The proverbial cardboard box in an alley, that's what.   But they didn't ask me that question.

Inside her Avondale, Chester County, home, Lisa Lightner effortlessly pivots from a conversation about Medicaid to opening the door for a milkman to feeding her son, Kevin, 10. In a moment she looks away, Kevin pushes a small bowl of macaroni off the tray of his specialized wheelchair. Now, Mom is cleaning up his mostly uneaten dinner from the floor.  
Three friends who live with the same struggle -- running a household and caring for a disabled child -- sit nearby and each testify to Lightner's unique ability to juggle tasks. 
"She's unbelievable," one friend, Lynn Thomas Guidetti, says. "I don't know how she does it."
Guidetti is referring to how Lightner also writes an advocacy blog about special needs children and volunteers as a Democratic committeewoman in Chester County.
Lightner then puts into words what she and her friends, Guidetti, Susan Rzucidlo and Laura Boyer, now confront more than ever.
"What will happen to him after I'm gone? This is something I ask myself all the time."
Her son lives with severe forms of epilepsy and intellectual disability. He will depend on his mother and father for the rest of his life. 
"Why is all this being done on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens?" Lightner asked. 
She and the other women have vowed to fight any legislation that would decrease Medicaid's ability to those most vulnerable Americans. All see the federal program as greatly improving their children's lives.
"All budgets reflect values and if you’re cutting Medicaid, what do you really value?” Rzucidlo said.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Going After the Weak.

That's what Trump is trying to do with this latest bill repealing the ACA....put a clause in there to cut Medicaid.   You know, the insurance for disabled children and adults, and also the elderly poor....it's what keeps Grandma in the nursing home without the family having to go broke.

"That would mark a dramatic shift for the state-federal program that has operated as an entitlement since its inception in 1965. And, such a change would trigger deep consequences for people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to access everything from doctors to support services to live in the community, advocates say.
“The legislation revealed by House Republicans … is a giant step backwards in the treatment and care of individuals with disabilities,” said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network. “It caps Medicaid funding which means a sharp reduction in services and availability of this important health care lifeline for children and adults with disabilities. In short, this plan is terrible.”

There are SO many people who still don't know the difference between Medicare and Medicaid.  Even after people sit there and explain it to them, they still revert to Rethug jargon.  I guess it's easier to stick your head into the sand.  Until, of course, you're the one who needs the nursing home, right?

Putting caps on Medicaid is no different than cutting it.  So, you can say goodbye to your kid's ABA, wraparound therapy services, aides in school, speech/occupational therapists, social skills, adult waivers - oh that's right, the providers don't take Medicaid.....mental health services and the pharmaceuticals that go with them, respite for families.

You can say, oh, they won't pass it.  They may not.  And again, they may.  Do we really trust them?  Bernie can do all the town halls he wants.  They can agree with them on MSNBC all he wants.  It doesn't make them "get it."

Get this.  Cuts in Medicaid will actually KILL PEOPLE.

Blizzard my Asss.

So we're supposed to be getting a snowpocalypse.....were supposed to get 18-24"" of snow overnight, so far, maybe 4"....and a crapload of ice.  The news has all kinds of info on "speed restrictions" - hey, I think that if people are driving on ice, it won't matter how slow they go.... I love a good snow.  This stuff we're getting, not so much.

I just got up and turned up the heat.   Remembering an ice storm from 3 years ago where we lost electricty for almost 4 days.  That was lovely.   And after we got the power back, we found that we had lost trees, so many of our 100' arbor vitae had split in half.  Some into the roof of our shed.  Some into the yard.  It wasn't enough to totally decimate the wall of privacy but I fully expect it to go one of these winters.  If we ever get any snow again....real snow....

Here's hoping you don't have too much ice to deal with.  My poor flowers....

Friday, March 10, 2017

Don't Watch....Read

That is my mantra.  I am done with TV news, I have no idea how they even look themselves in the mirror, for all the flipping and flopping....

Since the election, I want to smack:  Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, MSNBC for putting Greta VanSustern on there (UGH PLEASE), everyone on the TODAY show.  Shit, Brian Williams is actually relief from the madness.

I have been reading online news a lot more - good stuff, not Fake News - and also watching some things on YouTube, like good old Olbermann.

But there is so much out there, and the noise is deafening.  The only cable network I can stand to watch any more is TCM.   Yes, I have my favorite shows (Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Homeland, Shameless) - but since they aren't on all year round, I have no need of regular TV.

A friend says, it's an escape!  What am I escaping from?  Stupidity?  Horrible shit?  That's on TV.  All over the place.  It's more of an escape to turn the thing off.

I wish I could convince the rest of Amurrika that regular TV is half the problem.  Maybe more.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

640,000, To Be Exact.

That is how many disabled children rely on Medicaid in Pennsylvania.

Both proposals represent the most sweeping overhauls to Medicaid in a generation. Some budget analysts and advocates have said the proposals would decrease funding by 25 to 30 percent and leave service providers as wide-ranging as hospitals and school districts fighting for federal dollars each year.
George said block grants would fundamentally change the way Pennsylvania allocates for psychiatric services, speech and language therapy, social workers and in-school special education.
Pennsylvania’s use of Medicaid for special needs services dates to a 1988 federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It's not a very stable funding method, George said, and the Republican proposals would be drastic. 
“Medicaid was always intended to supplement education,” George said. “In Pennsylvania, you could argue it supplants education."
 (snip)
“Once you block grant a program, it diminishes over several years, and can eventually go away,” Valentina Viletto, director of MCIU’s community and government relations, said. “When you hear about privatization, this is the beginning of that kind of process. This is a national issue.”

People moved to Pennsylvania in Droves for years because we had better services than most other states.   Now, if these Medicaid cuts and block grants pass, it just won't matter where you are any more.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Thursday, March 2, 2017

He Has a Point

Steven Singer from my newest blogggroll addition, that is....a "War on Ignorance", indeed -

But watching the orange one speaking to Congress last night, I got an idea. I know how to get this dimwitted blowhard to support public schools. And every conservative lawmaker will back him up.
 Sound impossible? Not really. But the best part is we don’t need the Democrats to do a darn thing. As if they could. Their thumbs are planted so firmly up their own asses it would take an army of proctologists to save the party.
We don’t need them. All we need is language. Just rename things. ....(snip)
Here’s plan: Trump wants to increase military spending by $54 billion. So we reclassify education as a branch of the military.
Defense spending already tops $600 billion a year. Federal education spending is only about $70 billion.
 I know what you’re thinking. If we do that, the armed forces are going to gobble up school funding. Not necessarily.
They can’t spend all the money they get now! The waste, fraud and abuse in the military is legendary. Piles of money – literally piles of cash – simply go missing and no one knows where they went or is held responsible.

There is definitely an in there, because uneducated people make lousy ass troops.  Can't think on your feet if you can't think, period.

Someone out there HAS to be able to think up a way for something like this to actually work.  You can say this is funny, but what they want to do to the educational system now is far from a laugh.  Something has to happen, and soon, before DeVos finds her pencils.